In the fall of 1992, a traveling exhibit opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The collection was called "Immediate Family", and it was by a young and lesser known photographer by the name of Sally Mann.
Candy Cigarette by Sally Mann (1989). Candy Cigarette, from her honest and controversial series Immediate Family, captures one of her three children, Jessie (now a model and artist), in a defiant and self-aware pose, staring down the lens at her mother, holding bubblegum cigarette.
On International Womens Day celebrate female photographers. . When Aperture first published Sally Manns Immediate Family in 1992 it was met with both acclaim and criticism. Though Manns extraordinary intimate photos of her children caused an uproar among religious conservatives who deemed the work pornographic the book has been lauded by critics as one of the great photography publications of our time. . See our list of 13 Essential Photobooks by Women Photographers at aperture.org/blog…
Sally Mann - Immediate Family, 1992 Artist’s statement: “These are photographs of my children … many of these pictures are intimate, some are fictions and some are fantastic, but most are of ordinary things every mother has seen. I take pictures when they are bloodied or sick or naked or angry. They dress up, they pout and posture, they paint their bodies, they dive like otters in the dark river.” Read more about Sally Mann at Gagosian Gallery.